Flex author and meritorious pantser-mancer Ferrett Steinmetz joins us to discuss his new book, The Uploaded. But that’s not the only thing that comes up during our VP13 reunion. Donuts! Quirky writers! Bake-offs! Shorts vs. novels! Writing what you want vs. what you think will sell! And a sneak peak at his next mad creation. This one has it all!
The author of Horrorstör and My Best Friend’s Exorcism channels his encyclopedic knowledge with Paperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the ’70s and ’80s. He regales us with tales of horror from the publishing industry, Asian cinema, wild animal attacks, evil fetus leprechauns, The Great Stephen King Reread and too much more to mention. Do you dare press play?
Chia, George, Chris and Cath need your help! We kick off two reading challenges in the interest of expanding our literary boundaries. First, a Secret Santa challenge in which we each select a book for someone else to read. Second, we each pick a genre we’re unfamiliar with and ask you, fair readers, for recommendations. What is the book that will make Chris a fan of cozy mysteries? Which military hard sci-fi novel will make a convert of Chia? Who has a great historical or contemporary romance for George? (No Outlander or Jane Austen, please!) Finally, Cath needs a recommendation for a men’s action title. Send us your suggestions! You never know what a successful recommendation will yield…
We won’t call it Pick of the Week, since it’s been months and months since the last round. Nevertheless, we offer a few recommendations from our current pile of distractions, including Mjolnir, Black Sails, Your Name, Lakeview Cabin, Pantheon, Finding Florida, Popplet, Stardew Valley and more. So much more.
Congrats to author Lois McMaster Bujold and her Vorkosigan Saga for winning the first Best Series Hugo. (We totally planned the timing.) Lois requires no introduction from us, and we were thrilled to chat with her about the pleasures and challenges of writing extended series, changes in the industry and within fandom, and what’s in the pipeline for her beloved characters.